Thesis & Dissertation

Many of the programs in the Graduate School require a thesis for the master’s degree and all Ph.D. programs require a dissertation. The main purpose of writing a thesis or dissertation is to present original research and scholarship in a well-crafted document that can be shared with peers and colleagues. The Graduate School is responsible for ensuring that theses and dissertations written by our graduates adhere to consistent formatting and quality guidelines. The final thesis/dissertation document will be published electronically to the ProQuest/UMI Electronic Thesis and Dissertation (ETD) Database.

At the bottom of this page, you will find several resources that will help you successfully compose and format your document. The Thesis and Dissertation Digital Handbook is designed to walk you through NC A&T’s formatting requirements.  Any proposed deviation from the guidelines in this manual must be referred to the Graduate School for approval before the thesis/dissertation is completed.  Do not use another thesis or dissertation as a model for your work since a particular style or example in a previous work may be incorrect or out of date. The rules in this Thesis and Dissertation Digital Handbook take precedence over previous publications issued by the School of Graduate Studies. The Thesis/Dissertation Template will help you manage the formatting requirements and minimize errors. The other resources below will help you with each phase of the writing and submission process.

Spring 2014 Thesis/Dissertation Deadlines

Friday, January 31: Last day to apply for Spring 2014 graduation
Tuesday, March 18: Last day to defend Thesis/Dissertation
Monday, March 24: Last day to submit defended, committee-approved (with all corrections completed), and properly-formatted Thesis/Dissertation to Graduate School Office for review (see ** below for details)
Monday, April 14: Last day to submit final supplementary materials (approval form, signature page, and labeled digital copy) to Graduate School Office in preparation for electronic publishing

Summer I 2014 Thesis/Dissertation Deadlines

Tuesday, May 6: Last day to defend Thesis/Dissertation
Monday, May 12: Last day to submit defended, committee-approved (with all corrections completed), and properly-formatted Thesis/Dissertation to Graduate School Office for review (see ** below for details). Note that you must be registered for Summer I and must have applied for Summer I graduation before this date.
Friday, June 20: Last day to submit final supplementary materials (approval form, signature page, and labeled digital copy) to Graduate School Office in preparation for electronic publishing

Summer II 2014 Thesis/Dissertation Deadlines

Tuesday, June 17: Last day to defend Thesis/Dissertation
Monday, June 23: Last day to submit defended, committee-approved (with all corrections completed), and properly-formatted Thesis/Dissertation to Graduate School Office for review (see ** below for details). Note that you must be registered for Summer II and must have applied for Summer II graduation before this date.
Wednesday, July 30: Last day to submit final supplementary materials (approval form, signature page, and labeled digital copy) to Graduate School Office in preparation for electronic publishing

**In order to submit your Thesis/Dissertation for review, complete the following steps (please refer to pg. 1 of the Thesis/Dissertation Handbook for further information).

FIRST, bring the following materials to the Graduate School Office:

  1. Completed/signed Thesis and Dissertation Checklist (available below)
  2. Declaration of Academic Honesty (available below)
  3. Letter (e-mail) regarding Research Clearance (submit the form here <link: http://www.ncat.edu/research/dored/irb-graduate-clearance.html> to receive notification of clearance)
  4. Digital copy of Thesis/Dissertation as a PDF file burned on a CD. Your Major Professor must sign the front of the CD as confirmation that this is the approved version of the document.

SECOND, upload your PDF document to the ETD (Electronic Thesis and Dissertation) Database for review. Note that the uploaded PDF file must be identical to the version on the CD in #4 above. For help with ETD submission, see the guide below.

Resources:

If you have additional questions, please contact the Interim Coordinator of Graduate Writing Services, Dr. Shea Bigsby, at 336-285-2377 or sbigsby@ncat.edu.

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